Nice easy day hike from the ski lifts, beautiful aspen colors
I started from North Creek Pass following the ATV track over Cooley Pass connecting with the main road about half a mile below the summit. The summit was a bit dull with all the towers and buildings but views are great.
I hiked Twin Peak after this (trailhead off FR-0079 just below the pass) and found this to be a better hike.
My dog & I started from the parking lot at the abandoned ski lift and hiked straight up the steep clearing. Once we reached the wood shed we steered left and picked up a trail. Route finding was really difficult at times. 2 hours 25 minutes to summit. 1 hour 25 minutes descent. My Fitbit said 10 miles roundtrip. Nice views but of course the towers suck.
Hiked up from Dalton Springs Campground to North Pass then to Cooley Pass, then around. Little over 6 miles one way. Cool and colorful.
Straight up the ski slopes and into the forest, as the dry ground slowly changed into snowpack. Fortunately it was hard as rock so easy to walk over and even not difficult to climb the slopes with microspikes. After I broke onto the ridge I used that (it was almost entirely clear of snow) to walk up to the summit. Three hours up, two hours and ten minutes down down. I descended via the buried power lines trail to the south, and bushwhacked north to the parking lot through a small valley with a stream that led to a jeep trail. That trail connected to the parking lot.
Drove almost to the top, but was stopped by construction. Wasn't sure I was going to be able to get there and was afraid of being yelled at, but I snuck in between bobcat runs. Also hiked to South Peak and Jackson Ridge.
Hiked from the pass. It took about 3 hours total going an a leisurely pace. It was great to see all the surrounding landscapes including what will likely become Bears Ears National Monument. Probably needed given the motorized dirt bike tire tracks I found going up the trail. Beautiful place worth the additional protections. Will surely return.
Parked along the road and hiked about 2 miles round trip to the summit and back. Saw and spoke with several ATVers scouting out game.
With Jackson Ridge
Rode the road until I hit snow on a north-facing part, then hiked the rest. Kind of a hideous collection of junk on the summit, but a fun easy-day outing nevertheless. Trip report.
Due to plenty of snow still remaining on the north side of the Abajos, I had to park right off the pavement at the beginning of the North Creek Road. Pretty much followed snow machine tracks all the way up the road to North Creek Pass and then up the trail to Cooley Pass. At that point the views become excellent as you traverse over to the main summit road. And of course great views at the summit, despite the electrical stuff. On the way down, I took the shortcut down the steep gully to the west and it was a much faster route down. Pretty fun! Very windy!
I drove to the top of this top 100 prominence peak. This peak was sandwiched between an ascent of Mount Waas earlier in the day and an ascent of Mount Peale the next.
We avoided ice cascading off the radio towers on the summit
Started at the old Blue Mtn Ski resort. Skinned up the runs and took the ridge to the peak. Lots of false summits!! The skiing was so soo on the ridge and super slushy when we got down to the old resort! It was practically water skiing. It was a five and a half hour affair. The views can't be beat! Monument Valley, the La Sals, Henry Mtns, San Juans and all of the Moab and Indian Creek!!
Parked at the pass on the mountain road to the north west at 10,320Ft. Then hiked the trail on the west face among wildflowers till it met the road a few feet from the summit .superb views of diverse South east Utah!
Took the drive up from Monticello. Road good all the way up. Views are amazing from the summit.
This was effectively a drive-up due to a rapidly-approaching thunderstorm...we drove up to within 150' vertical of the summit and more-or-less ran up a steep two-track to the very top. I had time to tag the highest few candidates, continue a short distance down the other side for a view of the La Sals, and turn around to run back down to the Faraday cage awaiting us below. Saw one tiny patch of snow near a saddle. We limped back to Monticello with a flat in a torrential downpour.
I hear that this is an "average" sort of Utah peak. If this is average, I can't wait to see what counts as extraordinary!
Nice easy drive from Monticello
Thanks to the near 100 degree heat near Monticello, we elected to drive up the road (shame on me) rather than hike it but ironically we were stopped by a snowdrift in July so we hoofed it to the summit which is totally covered by attennas/communication buildings. Sad that the peak is so marred and violated. Too bad it had a road to tempt me as the trail would be the perfect way to do this one. Choose cooler weather to do it in. Haze marred the potential grandiose views.
First time was several years ago via the non-operating Blue Mountain Ski Resort.
Last time was on June 12, 1999, the day before my birthday. Participants were my cousin Bronwyn Adams, my wife Kimberly, brother Richard, and my brother in law Rusty Northrup. First we drove to North Creek Pass and summitted Horsehead Mountain. Then back to vehicle and Abajo Peak via the same pass. Later that day, we drove to Monticello, then up the summit road to check it out. We got our new Pathfinder (only a few days old) stuck in a big snowdrift, so after digging it out, we walked to the summit.
Abajo Peak has a road to the top and radio towers, but is perhaps saved by the fact that the road is only open for a few months a year. To my knowledge, this is the second highest road in Utah, after the one crossing the Tushars.